MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

I understand your concerns, and discontentment about being diagnosed with mental illness. I understand the impacts and stigmatizations that come with being diagnosed with mental illness. However, a diagnosis of mental illness is not different from a diagnosis of diabetes; both are medical conditions that need continuous maintenance to stabilize blood sugar levels. Whereas, mental illness requires continuous maintenance to stable the unbalance of hormones in the brain. Both have physical and mental symptoms that impact your quality of life and well-being if left untreated. 

Whether you are experiencing your first episode, or a lifetime struggle with a severe diagnosis of mental illness we are experienced professionals here to help guide you in managing your mental well-being and start creating the life you want and deserve. 

You are not alone, there no need to feel ashamed, 

Did you know that 1 out of 4 people are diagnosed with a mental disorder? That is more than 12% of the world population. Meaning, 450 million people in the world who are diagnosed and living with mental illness (WHO,2002). 

In the United States 46.6 million Americans adults have a diagnosis of mental illness. Meaning 1 out of 5 adults are diagnosed with mental illness, about 1 out of 25 adults have been diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI), and 1 out 5 young adults ages 13 to 18 are diagnosed with mental illness each year (NIMH,2019). In Texas alone, more than 1.6 million people have been diagnosed and are living with mental illness out of a population of 28 million (NAMI,2017). 

Taking charge of your mental health is an important fundamental key to creating the life that you deserve and want.

Mental health counseling pursues a more wraparound approach in therapy, we form a  collaborative treatment that includes forming a close relationship with other physicians in charge of managing your well-being and medications.  We will work together to collaborate and develop an individualized treatment plan to your needs. 

Seeking therapy is a sign of courage and strength that you are ready to reap the benefits of counseling. 

My goal is to help you overcome and work through demonization and demoralization felt by social stigmatization, find acceptance, gain personal insight, and empowerment over your own mental well-being, and most importantly, develop life skills that will help prevent future mental health distress.

DEPRESSION

No longer feeling connected to others? Depression is a persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. 

Symptoms include the following:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Tearfulness & crying spells
  • Short temper/quick to anger
  • Frustration and Irritation
  • Loss of interest and pleasure
  • Problems with focusing and concentration, and/or loss of memory
  • Flat affect, the absence or near absence of emotional response(s) to a situation that typically elicits emotion(s)
  • Problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or oversleeping
  • Fatigue & Restlessness
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness.

Imbalance in the way we live.

Depression and anxiety are not always about just about maladaptive thinking. Our biology is not always the whole picture. We live in a society that is designed to get us to neglect what is important about life. The focus has become about me and not about us, that we no longer feel connected with others around us and we begin to lose touch with nature.

Your Depression is not a sign of weakness; it is a signal.

We must change our perception of how we see and view depression. We were taught to think of depression as a sign of 

Depression is a signal telling you something you need to hear. Sometimes It is hard to see what they are, but there is a reason for why you feel this way. 

Your pain means something! 

There is a reason why you feel this way. It is your body and mind sending you a signal that something becomes unbalanced in your life.  Other times. for whatever reasons, our needs go unmet and we ignore the signals our body is displaying physically and emotionally; life becomes unbalanced.

Bring back balance into your life. 

Together, as your therapist we can discover, find meaning, understanding and the root of your depression. Learn to develop new ways of thinking and approaching and resolving your depression.  Find out what is important to you, and how you can have those needs met. 


UNRESOLVED TRUAMA

Unresolved Trauma often leads to unhealthy relationships. So many of us grow up without the appropriate tools to communicate our wants and needs in a healthy manner. Lacking the skills needed to be vulnerable and love can result in communicating your insecurity by  

  • making threats
  • putting down/ shaming/gaslighting
  • fighting and arguing 
  • controlling 

Maladaptive coping styles and attachments normally derived from early life experiences that set-in to motions a continuous pattern of influences that impact our behaviors, cognitions and identity. 

  • not good enough - I am unlovable, everyone uses me and leaves me in the end. 
  • perfectionism – overwhelming internal pressure to avoid failure and rejection, quick to find fault, unrealistic high expectation for themselves and others.
  • responsible – feeling of guilt and shame, overwhelming need to for approval and validation. 

Our brain processes trauma by storing information about the disturbing event in a state specific form that can continue to elicit negative effects and beliefs that have been embodied in our mind at time of the event, when triggered. 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • PTSD/Panic attacks
  • Anger & Frustration
  • Jealously
  • Overthinking & recurring negative thoughts. 

Type of Trauma

  • Accidents and Natural Disasters
  • War and Terrorism
  • Neglect and Abandonment 
  • Emotional, physical, sexual abuse
  • Bullying/cyberbullying
  • Domestic violence
  • Growing up with parent with a mental illness, substance abuse or incarcerated.
  • Death of a loved one
  • Separation from a parent or caregiver
  • Stress caused by poverty.
  • Medical condition
  • Growing up in a violent community.
  • Victim of violence and theft
  • War/terrorism


Counseling can help you resolve trauma by helping you to process your feelings, emotions, and impacts of your experience. Schedule your appointment today. Let the healing begin. 


THINKING OF COMING OUT?

The first person you must come out to is yourself. Therapy is a great way for you to process, understand, accept, and acknowledge your identity as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or non-binary. This is a lifelong process and counseling is a great way to explore your identity, and develop a plan, set up boundaries of  how you will be sharing your identity with others, and with who.  To learn more about coming out click here.

Coming out LGBTQ

Coming out can be a very difficult process. Our society strongly enforces codes of behavior regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and most people receive the message that they must be heterosexual and act according to society’s definition of their gender. For gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, there may be a sense of being different or of not fitting in to the roles expected of you by your family, friends, workplace, or greater society. Coming out involves facing societal responses and attitudes toward LGBTQ people. 

Liberate Yourself!

Although coming out can be difficult, it can also be a very liberating and freeing process. You may feel like you can finally be authentic and true to who you are. You may find a whole community of people like you and feel supported and inspired. Even if it is scary to think about coming out to others, sometimes the reward can be worth the challenge that coming out entails.

Parents of LGBTQ children

Provides a safe place to gain understanding, acceptance, and growth . Whether you are inexperienced, or your upbringings has taught or made you feel ashamed, isolated, and/or afraid of LGBTQ community. 

  • You find yourself struggling to understand or adapt to change.
  • Worried about what your family members might say or treat your child.  
  • Afraid of the impacts of rejection and/or conflict due to stigma and ignorance.  

Change can be difficult You are not alone, counseling can provide a safe place for you to process your feelings and emotions so that you can provide the best support you can for your child.